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When Stumbling on Something Awesome, Roll With It

I'm a big believer in schedules and priorities, but occasionally I come across something that's really amazing. At this point, I engage in the amazing thing without beating myself up or feeling guilty over it.

Today I found "Learn Writing With Uncle Jim," an amazing forum thread on writing. It's written by James McDonald, and he's got a sharp, clear thinking way about him.

I'm shifting everything else back a little bit, because it's such good stuff. It's about writing fiction, which I don't do, but he's such a clear thinker that it's enjoyable and worth reading anyways. Highly recommended. Also recommended: Embrace it when you find something that's worth massively a lot even if it's not on your to-do list. The to-do list exists to serve you, you don't serve it.

inspiration: angelo sotira, ceo of deviantART

On The Elated Parrot

Angelo Sotira and me

yesterday, i met angelo sotira, the ceo of deviantART. he was speaking at the "office hours" stage at LAUNCH Festival here in SF.

he talked about a lot of things. here are some takeaways.

the coolest thing about angelo is that he's found what he loves to do: running an online community. he wants to do it for the rest of his life.

i've had opportunities to do the same. cybiko community. google community. invision plus. but each had a lifecycle of about 4 years, give or take. the community was specifically tied to a thing that waned in popularity. cybiko was a commercial failure and faded away. google had their IPO.. and then eventually launched their own product forums. invision plus was mostly foreign language boards and it was hard to relate culturally. i grew tired of it. the phase ended. my interest waned. they weren't a good fit.

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